"The opportunity to run our own race and use the situations that we have here to create the best path forward, I really feel passionately that the city and the team have a very special relationship, and I'm really driven to try to create the platform for another great Thunder team to take shape". Presti took questions for almost 40 minutes on the state of the Thunder, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George. There was a recent report mentioning "discontent" among Westbrook and George, which may have contributed to their trade situations. Yesterday, George was introduced to the Clippers media where he talked about the trade and said that it was a "mutual" decision between him and management. Though George's sudden trade request this summer caught him off-guard, Presti acknowledged that trying to maximize the return in any trade involving the forward next summer would have been substantially more hard. I don't think there's nothing wrong with it and I think there should be a mutual and pretty even thing if both parties can be on the same page. Join the Thunderous Intentions team! "I'm excited to be joining the @okcthunder next season and for this new opportunity to compete alongside my Thunder teammates". We played another year & it felt like we were just stagnant.
"Although this has been painful, I also believe that - given the circumstances - it was necessary", Presti wrote. "We're pleased with the outcome". After giving George and Westbrook, along with Steven Adams, huge paydays, Presti acknowledges he has to take a different route in order for the Thunder to have continued success. He is one of the most decorated active players in the league, a nine-time All-Star who still can rack up the assists and knock down open shots.
In an article published by The Oklahoman newspaper on Thursday, Presti praised how the Thunder's success over the past 11 seasons have "brought confidence and recognition to a city", but he also said a small-market team like Oklahoma City must face "strategic challenges". George, being traded to the Clippers, came as a massive surprise both to the fans and National Basketball Association analysts alike since he still has a few more years left on his contract to play for the team. At 6-foot-6, Gilgeous-Alexander has the height and length to be a matchup problem at the point guard position for years to come.
According to today's press release, the Thunder partnered with the OKC National Memorial & Museum to create the uniforms, which will be worn for select games in the 2019-20 season. Sam Presti: "I know he used the term "mutual". I think he's got tremendous makeup, and that's a big _ I think that's going to be a big accelerator for ultimately how good a player he becomes, and I think he has that.
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